31 December 2012

New Filofax diary layout to download - A5 Enhanced TM Week Per View with Journal

I've been using the TM Enhanced A5 layout most of 2012 and I've found it a very useful layout.

Some weeks though I have noticed I'm not using the daily tasks space on a regular basis, so I thought that this valuable page space could be used for journal notes.

So even if you keep a separate journal, you could at least jot down some notes as a reminder for your journal later in the day. Or if you only keep short notes about each day then this space might be enough on each page.

Here it is:

As you can see it's an evolution of the original layout. We have made them available in '4 line' and '5 line' format.

You can download finished versions for this year from our diary inserts page
They are created as A4 documents. To use them as A5 inserts, print the document in booklet mode on A4 paper, then use a guillotine to divide each sheet into two and punch the required holes, which the templates are set up with mirrored gutters to accommodate. Or, if you have A5 paper, then either the printer or the PC will scale it to size for you.

Of course, you can print these on any paper you like; coloured, patterned and fountain pen-friendly are all options, as is plain white A4 printer paper.

If you want to tinker, you can download the Word base file (4 line) or Word base file (5 line) and this Excel data file. (You will need both Word and Excel files) As long as you have some basic Word and Excel skills, you should be able to give this a go. You'll need to be able to set up a basic mail merge file link, and there are plenty of web tutorials that show you the way - Google using the search terms: Word Excel Mail Merge 20xx (where 'xx' is 02, 03, 07 or 10, depending on your version.)

Depending on what version of Word you're using, Word may put section breaks between every record, which will throw out the mirrored gutter formatting in the layout. If it does, the solution is quite simple; do a find and replace on section breaks (^b) to remove them all. You'll also need to add a single page break to the front of the merged document so that each 2-page spread has gutters in the middle for the holes.


  1. I like that layout, I might even be tempted to remove the original insert in my penny bridge (Christmas Present from wife) and put this in. The only thing is i have spent the past few days populating the insert with dates og when i see my children from my first marriage. I am sure i can procrastinate on something else.

    Happy New Year to all the filo lovers.

  2. I really like this! Great work!

    Can anyone point me to instructions on how to print files like this (A5 inserts on A4 paper) for Pocket size on US Letter paper? I have not been able to find instructions, and may just need the right link if anyone has it available.

    Thank you!

  3. No hole punch/computer knowledge to print these. Any options for getting some of these inserts?

  4. This may seem like a silly question, but if you print this 2-up on A4 paper, do the pages match up back-to-back correctly? For example, does the left page of the following week print on the back of the right page of the previous week?

    1. Hi Nan
      Yes if you print it using 'Booklet Print' then it will work correctly, but make sure you print the whole document including the blank first page, this then forces the first actual page to be page 2, which will be a left hand page and the next page a facing page 3 etc.
      Details on booklet printing can be found here:




  5. Anyone converted these to start the week on Sun rather then Mon?

  6. UGH. . I would love this layout in a personal size. . any way to convert it?

    1. Hi Sarah
      There isn't an exact copy of this in Personal size, I don't think it would work. But there is a variation of it. Go to the Diary Inserts page listed at the top of the page and look for the one labelled: Week per page plus notes and tasks in Personal size, I think you will find that will give you most of the benefits

  7. Steve & Ray - THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH for allowing so many of us to use the layout!! Steve, you and Karine motivated me to give using my own planner layout instead of spending $45 this year on Franklin Covey pages. I have been using EVERY YEAR since 1989: Hard to believe that I'm 30 YEARS into my planning journey and STILL exploring new ideas!! It took me a few hours of tinkering but I managed to tweak Ray's layout to fit 5.5" x 8.5" - It's a work-in-progress, but like Steve has said, print a few out, try them for a couple of weeks, and adjust. Anyway, I love the podcast, Steve, this website is GREAT! Thanks for all that you do for this community!!
    --Bob (Plainfield, Illinois)